East Meets West Fusion. Beef Bourguignon With Miso and Shiitake Mushrooms.

Bouef Bourgignon With Miso and Shiitake

After almost a week of glorious winter days with temperatures over 20C  the weather has turned. We have woken to a cold snap. Reminding us that Spring may be around the corner but we still have a little way to go. Time for a casserole, I’ve always loved Boeuf Bourguignon. Perfect fare for a cold Winter’s day. Rich, hearty and warming. Here is the much loved French classic reinterpreted with a twist. An East meets West fusion of meltingly tender beef in a rich aromatic red wine miso sauce. Shiitake mushrooms and leek replace the more traditional champignon and pearl onions. The miso paste adds an interesting depth of flavour to this dish. Umami, the sixth taste, as the Japanese would say.

Beef Bourguignon With Miso and Shiitake Mushrooms
Serves 6-8

2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1.5kg beef blade steak, trimmed, cut into 3-4 cm cubes
2 tablespoons flour, seasoned with salt and pepper
1 large brown onion, finely chopped
200g shortcut rindless bacon, halved lengthways, cut into 1cm strips
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 long red chilli, finely sliced
5cm knob of ginger, peeled and finely grated
3 celery ribs, finely chopped
2 cups red wine
1/2 cup beef stock
2 tablespoons mirin
4 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon sweet miso paste
2 carrots, trimmed into 2cm lengths
2 leeks, trimmed into 2cm lengths
3 sprigs thyme
200g small swiss brown mushrooms, whole
200g shiitake mushrooms, whole

PREHEAT oven to 180C.
HEAT 2 tablespoons oil in a large, heavy-based casserole style pan over medium-high heat.
PLACE beef in a large bowl and sprinkle over seasoned flour. Toss well to combine. Sear beef, in batches, for 5 to 6 minutes or until browned. Set aside and keep warm in a separate bowl.
REDUCE heat to medium. Add remaining oil to pan. Then add brown onion, celery and bacon. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until onion is soft and translucent.
ADD garlic, chilli and ginger. Cook for another minute or so until fragrant.
DEGLAZE the pan with red wine. Return the beef and its juices to pan. Stir well to combine, then add stock, mirin, soy sauce and miso paste. Bring to a gentle simmer before adding carrots, leek and thyme.
PREPARE a baking paper cartouche and fit snugly over the casserole, replace the lid and place the pan in the oven,middle rack position. Braise until beef is tender, about 2 1/4 to 2 1/2 hours. Remove thyme.
ADD mushrooms. Stir to combine. Return to oven and cook, covered, for 30 minutes or until meat and mushrooms are tender.
SEASON with salt and pepper. Serve with mashed potato.

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8 Responses to East Meets West Fusion. Beef Bourguignon With Miso and Shiitake Mushrooms.

  1. sebbyholmes says:

    This looks really great. I have been eating summer food for ages. I’m loving the look of this dish, thanks for sharing

  2. Miso in boeuf bourgignon – reminds me of my secret ingredient in soupe a l’oignon – Vegemite!

  3. whiteweights says:

    Your recipe sounds lovely and reminds me of a Japanese/Italian fusion restaurant I ate at once. I had spaghetti carbonara, made with shitake and oyster mushrooms and served with grilled teriyaki chicken on top. It was lovely and something that isn’t too difficult to replicate at home.
    More recently, I had a beef carpaccio which used soya sauce and a bit of sesame oil in the marinade and served with sliced red chillies.

    • Sounds fabulous. Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan is famous for its Japanese inspired French restaurants. We were lucky enough to visit Tokyo earlier this year and there was a lot of gorgeous Italian food on offer – both traditional and Japanese fusion.. I love a good beef carpaccio. I wonder if the dish you enjoyed perhaps used Kobe or Wagyu beef – so tender and delicious.

  4. Janet Rörschåch says:

    Adding miso? You just added a whole different twist on the umami flavor. Nicely done.

    • The miso really does work, In Japan there is a whole range of miso from the subtle to the potent. My personal preference is for a sweeter, paler miso. I find red miso paste a little too robust.

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